Wine has never been more integrated into our culture than this very moment. And the wine that has ignited this passion is referred to as natural. While the baby boomers kicked off this revolution in the 1980’s, they are now fervently joined by millennials. This generation not only drinks more wine than any other in history — they are magnetized by wine that starts with organic and biodynamic growing methods and is made with minimal intervention and an absence of additives. Yet, while the hippest spots are touting their natural wine lists, while three-star joints are hunting them as well, while more and more consumers are calling for natural wine by name, confusion runs deep. The top questions? What exactly is natural wine, where to find it, and how to enjoy it.
In Natural Wine for the People, James Beard Award-winner Alice Feiring sets the record straight. Join Feiring in conversation at MOFAD with sommelier, health-living advocate, and wine consultant Lee Campbell as they unpack all of these questions and more.
A reception featuring natural wine selected by Alice Feiring and a book signing will follow.
Alice Feiring is a leading voice in the natural wine movement, and the winner of the James Beard and Louis Roederer Wine Writing Awards. She is the author of seven books, including The Battle for Wine and Love, Naked Wine, For the Love of Wine, and The Dirty Guide to Wine. In 2013 she was named Imbibe magazine’s Wine Person of the Year. Her website, The Feiring Line, has been an invaluable resource for natural wine enthusiasts since 2004.
An ardent supporter of sustainable vine-farming and traditional, non-interventionist winemaking techniques, Sommelier Lee Campbell is a wine professional for the modern age. After working in some of Washington D.C.’s and Manhattan’s top culinary and vinous establishments, she hopped the East River to Brooklyn, and became the Wine Director for the Andrew Tarlow Restaurant Group, and co-created America’s first major natural wine salon, The Big Glou.
Currently working as a consultant, Lee represents the burgeoning Early Mountain Vineyards of Madison County Virginia, and was recently co-organizer of Wild World, a drinks and fermentation festival in Austin.
In particular, Lee specializes in programs integrating wine and food into a balanced, healthy, and joyful lifestyle.